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Old 02-10-11, 19:41   #1
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RB30ET HR Wagon

I've been lurking around for a while now, and I thought I'd finally share my current project, a RB30 Turbo HR Wagon

The car was my first car, which I purchased as deceased estate in 2005 when I was 16. I drove it as a daily with some basic mods including lowering, exhaust and widened steel wheels. When I graduated uni and got a decent job I decided it was time to pull it off the road for a few mods.

When I pulled it off the road:


I stripped the car in the garage put it on a roll over frame that we had left over from my brothers Charger build.



I then brought a motor and some CRS mounts, got the engine sitting in place and installed the V6 conversions rack and pinion steering. I had a go myself doing a new gearbox tunnel and firewall, but I soon realised I was in over my head, so I sent the car up to Lone Star Body Shop, where it still sits today. Stuart from Lone Star went about fabricating a new firewall, tunnel and dash, and also did some wheel tub mods to fit the 17x9.5s.



The firewall retains the original HR bead line and chassis number, and relocates the wiper motor under the dash, smoothes out all the bumps and fills holes for a cleaner look.









Im currently awaiting my column and gauges from the US so we can finish the custom dash.

The plan for the driveline is a 350-400hp RB30 turbo backed by a manualised 4 speed Jatco box, and a 1995 Hilux diff.

The aim for the car is to build something a bit different to the usual V6 or V8 old Holden, set still retain some of the classic styling cues of the car such as the paint scheme and the bench seats.



Build Specs:
RB30 Turbo Motor
GT3076R Turbo
Keas 4 Speed Manualised Auto
Hilux diff - shortened
WB Girlock front brakes
Custom sheet metal dash
Custom sheet metal firewall
Custom sheet metal transmission tunnel
Modified rear wheel tubs
17x7 (F), 17x9.5 (R) wheels
205/40/17 (F), 275/40/17 (R) tires
V6 Conversions rear mounted rack
CRS Engine Mounts
Ididit collapsible column
Billet Specialties steering wheel
Reshaped bench seats
Original colour scheme in 2-pack with pearl


I hope you like it.
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Old 02-10-11, 22:59   #2
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looks good mate different but good ...
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Old 03-10-11, 05:34   #3
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Was just talking about this conversion.. Cant wait to see it done
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Old 03-10-11, 07:02   #4
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Awesome build love the old school wags
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Old 04-10-11, 21:33   #5
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Firewall in primer

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Old 05-10-11, 17:02   #6
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Cool conversion man.
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Old 05-10-11, 22:55   #7
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awesome keep up the good work
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Old 04-12-11, 21:36   #8
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Old 09-12-11, 10:33   #9
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The car is almost ready to come home from Lone Star Body Shop. Just getting a few finishing touches.
Steering column is mounted, dash is welded in.
I'll get some photos up in the next couple of days.

I've also started to build the motor. I've got 3 RB30s in the shed at the moment, each with a variety of good parts. I'm mixing and matching to build something solid. By the end of it I should gave up an A8 block with forged pistons and rods, ported head, mild cam, 550cc injectors, N1 oil pump.
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Old 14-12-11, 13:30   #10
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Dash complete.
Still undecided how to mount the gauges.
I will most likely do a billet dash fascia the same shape as the original but longer to accommodate 6 Autometer gauges.

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Old 15-12-11, 12:25   #11
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nice project. that chop you did up the top looks phat. will be mad if you can get it sitting like that with a nice fresh reliable rb.
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Old 19-12-11, 17:30   #12
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So the car is back in my shed now after a long stint at Lone Star.
Firewall, tunnel, dash, steering and mini tubs done.

Had an incident trying to fit the gearbox this arvo and ended up with 3 stitches in my hand. Hopefully it heals by next week for the holidays so I can make some progress.





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Old 19-12-11, 20:40   #13
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****ing rad build mate. love it and cant wait to see it finished.
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Old 30-12-11, 17:54   #14
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Old 30-12-11, 20:54   #15
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looking awesome mate!

did you organise the steering column (as in length and that) or did the body shop sort it out for you?

just had a look on there site and it starts to get confusing all the different lengths and set ups to choose from.
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Old 31-12-11, 00:47   #16
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I admire the quality and smooth design of the dash. Wheel choice is spot on (Y)
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Old 31-12-11, 08:50   #17
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cookie747, I measured for the column when the car was in the shop. However Stuart from Lonestar confirmed the measurement was right for the way he was planning to mount it.

Depending on how you want it to poke through the firewall will determine the length. Mine actually stops about an inch from the firewall and we used a piece of tube welded to the firewall that the column sits in.
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ok yup nice thanks for that, i think i will do the same when i go to sort out the steering in my torana

any updates????
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Old 22-02-12, 20:18   #19
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Car is currently up-side-down getting a chassis kit installed and a few other tweaks. Will get pics on the weekend.
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Old 23-02-12, 08:20   #20
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absolutely, 100% in love with this car. will be absolute perfection. HR's are my favourite.
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absolutely, 100% in love with this car. will be absolute perfection. HR's are my favourite.
mad build. Going to be badass cruiser. very much like
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Old 27-04-12, 10:03   #22
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Progress has been slow with the wagon lately but is still kicking along.
The car is up-side-down on the rotisserie and I am currently fixing a few little spots of rust and preparing for paint on the floor.
The motor is off being rebuilt. I am going a fully forged bottom end, with Spool rods and JE pistons, ACL bearings etc.. Unfortunately I have to keep the motor with stock bolt on gear for rego and engineering, so the turbo setup won’t be anything exciting to begin with. There are big plans for the future though!
I’ve also finished the chassis kit and will be measuring the diff this weekend to get shortened.
Will get pics up when there is something to show.
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Old 23-06-12, 21:51   #23
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Finally some pics to show!

Chassis kit finished.
KBS Rust Seal underneath.
Diff shortened, rebuilt and has a Truetrac installed all thanks to Con at Diff Technics.








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Old 24-06-12, 00:42   #24
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What did you do with the mounts? Custom? I've got a VL with a RB26, but old man has an FC ute I;d love to have a play with! RB30 sump fit the HR crossmember? Rack and Pinion?
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Old 24-06-12, 08:02   #25
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RB26TTVL, the engine mounts are CRS (www.rodshop.com.au).
The standard RB30 sump won't fit the HR. You can buy sumps from CRS if you also use their crossmember and rack and pinion, but as I am using a standard HR crossmember and V6 Conversions rear rack and pinion I decided to fabricate my own.
It took a lot of stuffing around to make a template for the sump! We had the engine in and out about 12 times. We are yet to fabricate it though.
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